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Black Box

by johnmcole94



Date Published

Jan. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.108 GHz


Built this to be silent, portable, and powerful enough to run 60fps gaming on my 4k tv. Largely successful, only improvement would be to go with dual 1080's as sometimes on newer games it's hard to pull 60fps at max settings. Last few photos show how I have the two 120mm radiators at right angles to each other on the bottom. Under load the cards sit at 55 C and I can't hear a thing.

Part Reviews


Not much to say, just a damn good chip.

CPU Cooler

Reliable,, best performing AIO I know of. I would love to see something new though, this product line has stagnated. Like what NZXT is doing.


You pay for the best, you get the best.


Not impressed by O.C. performance, but solid nonetheless


Because no one has time to run power and data for SATA

Video Card

I adore the concept behind these cards. Only thing I want to see different is I want them to shrink them to single slot with a full waterblock and no fan. Get rid of that plastic shroud. But as they are, they're icy cold and completely silent, totally reliable and great O.C. room.


This is the case of the gods. No unnecessary space, but plenty of room to work in. The construction quality is outrageously high. I am so glad fractal has joined the future and abandoned drive bays.

Power Supply

Its silent, reliable, and it uh... supplies power to my computer. Modular is life.

Comments Sorted by:

Justinf1998 5 points 27 months ago

Is the PC master race meme still a thing? Anyway great build!

Crus4de 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

It's not a meme.... It's a way of life.

Justinf1998 6 points 27 months ago

Ehhhh, not really, makes us look like pricks

Crus4de 1 Build 0 points 27 months ago


johnmcole94 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

Just to clarify I do tend to consider myself to be a prick.

Haze811 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Awesome build! I have one of those 1070 hybrids and it crushes 1440p. Maybe if you can't maintain 60 fps you should turn off FXAA. Since your TV has that many pixels, FXAA doesn't make that big of a difference and just uses up graphics horsepower. Unless you've already turned it off.

johnmcole94 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

That hadn't even occured to me! Thanks for the tip!

Haze811 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

No problem :)

maddog62 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Very very nice gaming build. I'm 1000% jealous.

I just wish Nvidia had a GTX 1080TI out so we would not need two 1070's for good 4K gaming.

rtr1999 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

hmm maybe a bigger case? but still its an awsome build

johnmcole94 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

But why would I want it bigger? It's more portable this way.

rtr1999 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

hmm didnt think about that

Duncan034 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Odd place for your Wi-Fi dongle... inside the case.

Surely you'd get better signal if it were placed on the outside?

The real question is... Why is there no side window for all of these amazing components?!?

Other than that +1, loving the dual hybrid 1070s.

johnmcole94 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

With dual LAN I don't get a lot of use from the WiFi. When I take it on the road I pull it out. Oh and on the side window, this case has sound dampened panels, and you can't achieve that with windows.

Bosko47 1 point 26 months ago

If I were you I would quickly remove that wi-fi antenna from inside the case like... right away lol

johnmcole94 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


Obelisk. 1 point 24 months ago

A bit of a late post, but on your review about gpu water blocks- there are after market block-only gpus. Here is the 1070 also by MID with a block- https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01JP5OQKA/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492575776&sr=8-2-fkmr0&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65

Obelisk. 1 point 24 months ago

MSI, not MID

poc88 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build! SLI always looked better IMO..hows airflow in that case?

Nater650 0 points 21 months ago

Just a single SSD? That's it? +1 for the cool PC though